I started out my day with a five mile race in 28 degrees. Could’ve been worse. My throat is all scratchy now. I guess I could’ve used a tad more training in colder weather. My lungs felt uncomfortable but my legs strong.
I ditched my gloves by mile 2, which is how long it took to free myself from the dense pack of runners. I should’ve started a little closer to the front, but no biggie as this wasn’t a goal race for me. Something like 6,000 racers signed up. I’m not sure if what the official number is. It was really hard getting around people at the beginning. There weren’t corrals. I knew there were a lot of super fast runners, so I positioned myself back further than normal, but I think I went too far. I’ve never passed so many people. I had to run on grass (sorry homeowners!) and skirt some icy patches. It was pretty flat with some rolling hills. I felt good on the hills. Passed a lot of people on them.
At any rate, I was thrilled with my run. It was just fun. I felt awesome and unstressed. My unofficial time is 42:50, with the following splits:
9:12, 8:57, 8:08, 8:11, 8:10, 7:17 (.03 – I did better than usual on the tangents this race despite all the weaving)
Just after mile marker 4, I got to high five a guy dressed as a turkey.
I just plain had a fun race.